When Enveloped in Tenderness – 優しさに包まれたなら by Yumi Matsutoya・ 松任谷 由実 (ユーミン)

Light like a feather and as free as a bird - Kiki and Jiji swing up into lofty heights, accompanied by a group of seagulls.
Light like a feather and as free as a bird – Kiki and Jiji swing up into lofty heights, accompanied by a group of seagulls.

KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (魔女の宅急便・まじょのたっきゅうびん), I haven’t seen the movie myself yet, I guess I should catch up on that eventually. For the song, I picked it up by sheer chance when watching Japanese television. It was the background music of a SANTORY non-alcohol drink advertisement ;).

Here the ad:

I actually never thought that I would translate song lyrics, as I usually also don’t pay a great deal attention to the texts in English. Songs appeal to me in a first instance through rhythm and melody. The lyrics naturally come to my awareness while listening it a couple times, but it is not something I look up particularly.

For Japanese songs though, it is a bit different, because even when listening them several times over, I can’t quite grasp the entire meaning of the song, just bits and pieces with the vocab available to me. I am more the visual person also when it comes to acquiring language skills, at least for everything that greatly deviates from my mother tongue or English.

I think that kind of kicked it off to look things up in Japanese, plus it makes for a diversified study exercise when time permits. Afterwards I can often visualize the kanji characters I checked for, when the song comes to my ears. Also shadowing the songs would be a good practice towards fluency, but even when alone, I can’t get over that embarrassment hurdle of hearing my own voice rasping those sounds.

YUMING does it a great deal better, please enjoy the ending song as it is beautifully performed by her. A heartwarming and relaxing piece of anime music.

小さい頃は神さまがいて
When I was a child there happen to be a spirit

不思議に夢をかなえてくれた
That mysteriously made all my dreams come true

やさしい気持で目覚めた朝は
The mornings I wake up with a warm feeling

おとなになっても 奇蹟(きせき)はおこるよ
Even when becoming an adult miracles still happen

カーテンを開いて 静かな木洩れ日(きもれび)のやさしさに包(つつ)まれたなら きっと
I open the curtain and as I am enveloped in the tenderness of calm sunshine streaming through the trees (into the room)** surely

目にうつる全てのことは メッセージ
Everything that comes to my eyes (today)** is a message

小さい頃は神さまがいて
When I was a child there happen to be a spirit

毎日愛を届(とど)けてくれた
Every day it bestowed me with (its)** love

心の奥(おく)にしまい忘れた大切な箱 ひらくときは今
The precious box forgotten tucked away deep inside my heart the time to open it up is now

雨上(あめあ)がりの庭(にわ)で くちなしの香(かお)りのやさしさに包まれたなら きっと
In the garden after a rain shower and as I am enveloped in the tenderness of the (fresh and pleasant)** smell of the jasmine flower (around me)** surely

目にうつる全てのことは メッセージ
Everything that comes to my eyes is a message

カーテンを開いて 静(しず)かな木洩れ日のやさしさに包まれたなら きっと
I open the curtain and as I am enveloped in the tenderness of calm sunshine filtering through the trees surely

目にうつる全てのことは メッセージ
Everything that comes to my eyes is a message

**inferred from the context

Source: https://www.youtube.com/

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